TNT Tips Off 2014-15 NBA Regular Season with Blockbuster Opening Week Doubleheaders Featuring NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs, LeBron James’ Homecoming, Kobe Bryant’s Return, MVP Kevin Durant & More in Action

nba-on-tntTNT to Feature Marquee Primetime Christmas & MLK Day Doubleheaders

Network’s 53-Game Regular Season Schedule to Showcase NBA’s Biggest Stars

with Multiple Appearances by League’s Top Teams

Turner Sports, entering its 31st consecutive year of NBA coverage, will feature a 53-game schedule during the 2014-15 NBA regular season including 10 appearances on TNT by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls, nine appearances by the Los Angeles Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors, seven appearances by the San Antonio Spurs and six appearances by the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns.  TNT will televise 19 Thursday night NBA doubleheaders during the regular season.

TNT will tip off the 2014-15 NBA regular season with highly anticipated doubleheaders beginning with opening night coverage on Tuesday, Oct. 28, featuring the NBA Champion Spurs and Tim Duncan hosting the Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki at 8 p.m. ET.  In the second game of the night, Los Angeles’ Kobe Bryant will mark his return from injury to lead the Lakers against former teammate Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets at 10:30 p.m.

This year marks the 19th straight season the network has tipped off with two games on opening night. The network’s opening night coverage will also include San Antonio’s championship ring ceremony during a one-hour TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com pre-game show at 7 p.m.

The network’s blockbuster opening week schedule will continue with LeBron James’ season debut in Cleveland when the Cavs host the Knicks and Carmelo Anthony on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m.  The night’s action will conclude with the Thunder and MVP award winner Kevin Durant visiting the Clippers and All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin at 10:30 p.m.

TNT will also televise a marquee doubleheader on Christmas (Thursday, Dec. 25) featuring the Bulls and Derrick Rose hosting the Lakers – with Chicago’s Pau Gasol and L.A.’s Carlos Boozer each facing their former teams – at 8 p.m., followed by the Warriors and “Splash Brothers” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson visiting the Clippers at 10:30 p.m.

Special NBA coverage on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 19) will feature the Bulls visiting the Cavaliers at 8 p.m., followed by the Phoenix Suns and Goran Dragic hosting the Lakers at 10:30 p.m.

Additional TNT regular season schedule highlights (full schedule listed below):

Nov. 6 All three “Texas Triangle” teams in action – the San Antonio Spurs and Tony Parker facing the Houston Rockets and James Harden at 8 p.m., followed by the Dallas Mavericks and Nowitzki visiting the Portland Trail Blazers and LaMarcus Aldridge at 10:30 p.m.
Dec. 11 A pair of perennial MVP candidates in competition when the Oklahoma City Thunder and Durant host the Cleveland Cavaliers and James at 8 p.m.
Dec. 18 The Chicago Bulls and Rose hosting the Knicks and Anthony at 8 p.m.
Jan. 15 The Lakers and Bryant hosting James and the Cavaliers at 10:30 p.m.
Feb. 5 The Clippers and Griffin visiting the Cavaliers at 8 p.m.
Feb. 12 & 19 TNT televising the last game before the NBA All-Star break – the Cavs and James visiting the Bulls and Rose on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. – and the first national telecasts following the league’s signature midseason events with a doubleheader on Thursday, Feb. 19 – the Thunder and Durant hosting the Mavericks and Nowitzki at 8 p.m., followed by the Spurs and Parker visiting the Clippers and Paul at 10:30 p.m.
March 12 The Cavaliers and James facing the defending champion Spurs at 8 p.m.
March 24 A star-studded doubleheader featuring the Lakers and Bryant against the Thunder and Russell Westbrook at 8 p.m., followed by the Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard hosting the Warriors and Curry at 10:30 p.m.
March 31 A rematch of the 2014 NBA Finals when the Spurs visit the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade at 8 p.m.
April 2 The Cavaliers and James hosting his former Heat team at 8 p.m.
April 7 A rematch of the 2014 Western Conference Finals with the Thunder hosting the Spurs at 8 p.m.
 

In addition to its regular-season coverage, TNT will be the exclusive home of NBA All-Star Weekend’s signature events including the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 13, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Feb. 14, and the 64th NBA All-Star Game from New York City on Sunday, Feb. 15. The network will also televise more than 40 NBA Playoff games including first and second round action and the exclusive presentation of the 2015 NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

About Turner Sports
Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in televised and online sports programming, airing championship-level sporting events on TBS, TNT and truTV, and managing some of the most popular sports sites on the Internet. Turner Sports’ television lineup includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and professional golf. The company’s digital portfolio includes Bleacher Report, NCAA.com and March Madness Live, and PGA.com, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile websites and connected device apps. Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, which includes NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

TNT’s 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season Schedule
(All Times Eastern)
Date Day Time (ET) Game
Oct. 28

 

Tuesday 7 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com
(including San Antonio Spurs Ring Ceremony)
8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ San Antonio Spurs
10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets @ L.A. Lakers
Oct. 30 Thursday 8 p.m. New York Knicks @ Cleveland Cavaliers
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ L.A. Clippers
Nov. 6 Thursday 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Portland Trail Blazers
Nov. 13 Thursday 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls @ Toronto Raptors
10:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets @ Golden State Warriors
Nov. 20 Thursday 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers @ Miami Heat
10:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls @ Sacramento Kings
Dec. 4 Thursday 8 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers @ New York Knicks
10:30 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans @ Golden State Warriors
Dec. 11 Thursday 8 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers @ Oklahoma City Thunder
10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets @ Sacramento Kings
Dec. 18 Thursday 8 p.m. New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ Golden State Warriors
Dec. 25 Thursday 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers @ Chicago Bulls
10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors @ L.A. Clippers
Jan. 8 Thursday 8 p.m. Houston Rockets @ New York Knicks
10:30 p.m. Miami Heat @ Portland Trail Blazers
Jan. 15 Thursday 8 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets
10:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers @ L.A. Lakers
Jan. 19 Monday 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers
10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers @ Phoenix Suns
Jan. 22 Thursday 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ Chicago Bulls
10:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets @ L.A. Clippers
Jan. 29 Thursday 8 p.m. New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers
10:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls @ L.A. Lakers
Feb. 5 Thursday 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers @ Cleveland Cavaliers
10:30 p.m. Phoenix Suns @ Portland Trail Blazers
Feb. 10 Tuesday 8 p.m. Houston Rockets @ Phoenix Suns
10:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets @ L.A. Lakers
 
Feb. 12 Thursday 8 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls
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Feb. 13 Friday BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge
Feb. 14 Saturday State Farm All-Star Saturday Night
Feb. 15 Sunday 2015 NBA All-Star Game from New York City
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Feb. 19 Thursday 8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Oklahoma City Thunder
10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ L.A. Clippers
Feb. 26 Thursday 8 p.m. Golden State Warriors @ Cleveland Cavaliers
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ Phoenix Suns
Mar. 5 Thursday 8 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ Chicago Bulls
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Portland Trail Blazers
Mar. 12 Thursday 8 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers @ San Antonio Spurs
10:30 p.m. New York Knicks @ L.A. Lakers
Mar. 24 Tuesday 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers @ Oklahoma City Thunder
10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trail Blazers
Mar. 31 Tuesday 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ Miami Heat
10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors @ L.A. Clippers
Apr. 2 Thursday 8 p.m. Miami Heat @ Cleveland Cavaliers
10:30 p.m. Phoenix Suns @ Golden State Warriors
Apr. 7 Tuesday 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder
10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers @ L.A. Clippers
Apr. 9 Thursday 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls @ Miami Heat
10:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors
Apr. 14 Tuesday 8 p.m. Washington Wizards @ Indiana Pacers
10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers @ Phoenix Suns

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Marquee Groups Highlight 96th PGA Championship Coverage on TNT and PGA.com, Aug. 7-10

tntMarquee Group Coverage Tees Off Thursday at 8:35 a.m. ET
PGA.com, Managed by Turner Sports, To Provide More Than 75 Hours of Live Original Video Content Via the Sports Emmy Award-Winning PGA Championship LIVE

Turner Sports’ comprehensive multimedia coverage of the 96th PGA Championship from Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville will include marquee coverage of some of the leading names in golf including past PGA Championship winners Rory McIlroy (2012) and Martin Kaymer (2010), along with Bubba Watson.

Additionally, if four-time PGA Championship winner Tiger Woods  (2007, 2006, 2000, 1999) is in the field, marquee group coverage will tee off Thursday, Aug. 7, at 8:35 a.m. ET with his pairing, also including 2005 winner Phil Mickelson and 2008 winner Padraig Harrington. Woods, Mickelson and Harrington would also be featured Friday, Aug. 8, at 1:45 p.m.

If Woods withdraws from the field, marquee group coverage will feature Adam ScottJordan Spieth and Lee Westwood on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 8:15 a.m. and Friday, Aug. 8, at 1:25 p.m.  The marquee group including McIlroyKaymer and Watson will be featured Thursday at 1:45 p.m. and Friday at 8:35 a.m.

Marquee groups for Saturday, Aug. 9, and Sunday, Aug. 10, will be determined following Friday’s action. Fans can follow the marquee groups and par-3 coverage via PGA.com and PGA Championship LIVE.

In addition to the live coverage of the marquee groups, TNT will televise 18 hours of exclusive live action from Valhalla including six hours each day on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 7-8, from 1-7 p.m., along with live coverage of the third and fourth rounds on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

This marks the 24th consecutive year of Turner Sports’ coverage of the PGA Championship and TNT’s 16th straight year televising the event. Across TNT and PGA.com, Turner Sports will provide nearly 100 hours of original content from Valhalla. TNT commentators will include Sports Emmy Award-winning host Ernie Johnson, analysts Ian Baker-Finch and Billy Kratzert, with Vince Cellini handling pre- and post-round interviews.

PGA.com, managed by Turner Sports, will offer extensive coverage of the event including live streaming via PGA Championship LIVE, a Sports Emmy Award-winning digital franchise with multiple live video streams allowing fans to follow marquee groups and par-3 coverage. Live coverage from Valhalla will consist of three streams which include the Marquee Group, Par 3 and Press Room. PGA Championship LIVE will be available across a wide array of platforms including desktop, iOS and Android tablets, smartphones and the recently announced PGA Championship TV App.

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Notes from TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series – Sunday, July 13, 2014

nascar-on-tntNASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire

Countdown to Green served by Sonic

Adam Alexander (host), Kyle Petty (analyst), Wally Dallenbach (analyst) and Larry McReynolds (analyst)

Larry McReynolds on drivers to look out for to win leading up to the Chase:

“I personally think in these eight races before the Chase, we’ll have two more winners, which will give us 13 drivers that have a win that will make the Chase… Two drivers I’m looking at, Jamie McMurray, 22nd in points; Tony Stewart, 20th in points.”

Outtake from NASCAR President Mike Helton joining the TNT crew:

“I join the rest of the industry, and, oh, by the way, speak for the fans, saying ‘thank you’ [to Turner Sports] very much for covering our sport and bringing our sport to us.”

More from Helton on Turner Sports relationship:

“This is about thanking your organization, going back to Buddy Baker and Ken Squier and Dick Berggren, and the first crew, right all the way through to everyone that’s covering this race for TNT [today]. Thank you from a fan’s perspective. You gave us the ability to see things that we didn’t think we’d see back in the 80’s or didn’t have an opportunity to see. In today’s world, with the technology and everything that you brought to us, the personality and character, today’s our day to say thank you.”

TNT reporter Chris Neville with No. 2 Brad Keselowski, on whether today’s car is as dominant as the one he had in Kentucky:

“It’s hard to know, Chris… The Redd’s Apple Ford Fusion was extremely fast in practice. But we’ve been that way a couple races this year, and only really in Kentucky have we been able to carry that over… I’m very, very optimistic and proud of the efforts so far this weekend.”

Kyle Petty reflecting on the end of 32 years of NASCAR on Turner Sports:

“All these people behind the cameras… they’re the ones that put the show on. We’re just blessed to be the face of it.”

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TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire

Adam Alexander (host), Wally Dallenbach (analyst), Kyle Petty (analyst), Larry McReynolds (analyst) and pit reporters Chris Neville, Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum

Petty on No. 48 Jimmie Johnson’s tire issues early in the race:

“These guys have won so many races, and yeah they can gamble, you take that, but you know what, after you have that issue three or four laps into the race, you would think you would be safe. Let me put some air in this thing, just be safe, get me to the first stop, the first green flag stop or regular stop and let’s see where we’re at.”

Outtake from TNT reporter Snider’s interview with No. 48 Johnson on his car’s tire issues early in the race:

“We’ll try to dig in it and learn more, but I can promise you one thing, it wasn’t the tire pressure. I’ve been out here two days running around and haven’t had a flat.”

Petty on No. 4 Kevin Harvick and his team:

“Since we were at Daytona in February, these guys, Kevin Harvick and that team, have been the top two or three fastest cars at every practice, every weekend, every qualifying session, it seems like, and had a shot at winning multiple races. And it’s well documented the pit road issues that they’ve had, that have kept them from winning more races this year.”

Outtake from TNT reporter Snider’s interview with No. 40 Joey Logano:

“Slowest car on the race track took us out, go figure. We had a pretty good AutoTrader Ford. We were just doing what we could to hang in there. We were obviously running second, Brad [Keselowski] is really, really fast, he’s got the car to beat right now… [I] felt like we could have a Penske one-two [finish] again and, to get taken out by the slowest car, [I] feel like there should be a driver’s test before you get out in a Cup car and make sure you know how to drive before you drive one, but I don’t know, guess there isn’t.”

Dallenbach on No. 2 Brad Keselowski:

“Brad [Keselowski] has been about two or three tenths of a second faster than everybody… and now that things have stabilized, he’s still that much faster than everybody else.”

McReynolds on the Toyota Test Car employed during NASCAR coverage on TNT:

“We’ve taken you places hopefully that you have not seen before, from the inspection process we did at Michigan, for a pit stop last week at Daytona, in the rain I might add. I know it’s been fun for me and I hope the fans have truly enjoyed everything we’ve done with this Toyota Camry Test Car this year.”

No. 2 Brad Keselowski on winning at New Hampshire and the success of the Penske team:
“It’s a privilege to have cars like this, and a team that’s just clicking. I guess you can say we’re red hot. It’s a thrill, I can’t believe it, [to] win both races. I thought we’d be pretty good here at Loudon. We’ve been really good here the last few years, but just haven’t been able to close out. And today we were able to do that.”

Adam Alexander wrapping up Turner Sports’ final NASCAR race on TNT:

“We’re laughing. What a fitting way for us to wrap it up because everyone says to us, about our coverage, ‘it seems like you have a great time,’ and I think each and every week we do.”

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Notes from TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series – Sunday, July 6, 2014

nascar-on-tntNotes from TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series - Sunday, July 6, 2014

Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola

TNT will conclude its NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series coverage Sunday, July 13, at 1 p.m. ET from New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. TNT’s Countdown to Green served by Sonic will precede race coverage at 12 p.m.

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Countdown to Green served by Sonic Adam Alexander (host), Kyle Petty (analyst), Wally Dallenbach (analyst) and Larry McReynolds (analyst)

Wally Dallenbach on racing at Daytona in the summer vs. February:

“It is tougher because the track is usually a lot more slippery so you are moving around a lot…there is a lack of grip.”

Kyle Petty on the importance of the spotter at Daytona:

“You want that calming voice…you want to know (where the other drivers are on the track).  It’s not like when I drove…you can’t move around a lot (in the car and get a good feel).  You depend on the spotter to let you know when someone is inside and outside…the most important thing is, they help you avoid wrecks.”

TNT reporter Marty Snider interviews AJ Allmendinger:

“We’re building something strong; it’s going to take some time…each week, we get stronger and we’re going to win some races.  But, more importantly, we just have a lot of fun.”

Dallenbach on racing at Daytona:

“It’s a mental race.  It’s like a mental chess game, but it’s a lot of fun to drive.”

Petty on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s chances of winning a championship this year:

“Yes, this more so than any other year because they have that consistency…when you look at the overall status of where that team is, they have risen way up the ladder.  The No. 48 team is still the team everybody is measured (up to) but they are knocking on that door a little.”

Dallenbach on Earnhardt:

“I think he has gotten to a point now where he has a shot at this…he knows, it’s always been a consistency problem with him…and that’s what they are working on and it looks like that is paying off.”

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TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing – Coke Zero 400 at Daytona powered by Coca-Cola

Adam Alexander (host), Wally Dallenbach (analyst), Kyle Petty (analyst), Larry McReynolds (analyst) and pit reporters Chris Neville, Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum

McReynolds on the 16-car accident early in the race:

“When I look at the drivers involved in this wreck, we’ve had 10 different winners in 2014 and it’s been a long time since we’ve had someone new win a race this year. When I look at the drivers involved, this opens the door to get our 11th winner.”

TNT reporter Snider interviews Ricky Stenhouse Jr. following the multi-car accident:

“We had a good head of steam run going towards the lead there and No. 33 pulled up in front of us and slowed up a little bit…[I] got a little bit loose off the corner, got it saved and was going straight for a little bit and then it looked like the No. 24 kind of checked up and moved down, maybe thought I was going to spin it out, and got into the outside of the No. 14 and turned him around…our car was really fast; I hate that it ended this way.”

McReynolds at lap 55:

“There is no question…we are racing to lap 80 [the halfway point, due to the weather].”

Outtake from TNT reporter Ralph Sheheen’s interview with Greg Biffle, following the second multi-car accident of the day:

“I watched the replay and it’s just close quarters racing…right there, [it] was just a matter of a chain reaction.”

Snider interviews David Gilliland following the wreck:

“I knew there was going to be trouble there and probably should have given myself some more room…with the track as warm as it is…handling is becoming an issue and cars are sliding around all over.”

Kyle Busch on the accident, which left his car upside down:

“It felt like a slow carnival ride.”

Danica Patrick during the rain caution following lap 112:

“The car is fast. It’s just been a matter of attrition and being a little lucky and making it through things.  We’ve been in two crashes and the car has been ok to keep going…we’ve been really fortunate from that perspective…here we are though with less than 50 to go and there’s only now 13 or 14 cars on the lead lap.”

Kyle Petty on the significance of No. 43 potentially taking the checkered flag on the 30th anniversary of Richard Petty winning his 200th race [during the last rain caution]:

“He always loved this place…it would mean so much, with my mother’s passing this year, with so much going on, this would mean a lot to him.”

[Race called due to prolonged weather delays and became official]

No. 43 Aric Almirola on winning the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona:

“To get this [car] into victory lane today, 30 years to the weekend that Richard Petty won his 200th win, is really really special…I’ll take them any way we can get them…this race team deserves to be in the Chase.

“I’ve said time and time again how bad I want to win here. This is my home race, two hours away from Tampa, Florida, and I grew up sitting in those grand stands…dreaming about what it would be like to race here and I just took the 43 car to victory lane at Daytona.”

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TNT’s 2014 NASCAR Summer Series Coverage Continues with the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. ET

nascar-on-tntPre-Race Coverage Includes Behind-the-Scenes Access with AJ Allmendinger and his No. 47 Team

Turner Sports continues its exclusive coverage of the 2014 NASCAR Summer Series with the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola from Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. ET.  The network will present the final 30 laps of the primetime race without commercial interruption courtesy of sponsors Coke Zero and Sprint.  TNT’s NASCAR Summer Series coverage will begin with the pre-race Countdown to Green served by Sonic at 6:30 p.m.

Adam Alexander will call the race and host the studio show alongside analysts Kyle Petty, Wally Dallenbach and Larry McReynolds. In addition, veteran reporters Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum and Chris Neville will patrol pit road.

TNT’s Countdown to Green served by Sonic will feature all-access coverage of AJ Allmendinger leading up to Daytona, along with an interview with Danica Patrick. Additionally, Sheheen will catch up with No. 24 Jeff Gordon and his stepfather at Daytona International Speedway about Gordon’s career and their over 35 year racing relationship. TNT’s Toyota Camry Test Car — a new addition to this year’s race coverage — will continue to bring fans closer to the action in a pre-race segment with McReynolds.

Country music star Lee Brice will perform prior to the race with the performance of his hit single “Hard to Love” shown during TNT’s pre-race coverage.

TNT will also continue to celebrate Turner Sports’ top moments from 32 years of NASCAR coverage with a special thematic feature each week during Countdown to Green served by Sonic.

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What to Look For: Kyle Petty

For this week’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola, TNT NASCAR analyst Kyle Petty offers his opinion on “What to Look For…” during the race:

-          “In our sport, Daytona is like Augusta National for golf, Churchill Downs for horse racing or Boston Garden was for the Celtics and basketball …it’s where we race. It is the place. That’s the way people look at it. It’s where my grandfather raced, my father raced, I raced and my son raced. It’s our whole family history. For me personally, it holds a lot of childhood memories. It’s a special place for all race fans.”

-          “All of the TNT races at Daytona over the years have been exciting, with an unexpected finish and an event somewhere in the middle of the race that changes everything. It’s not your typical race. Expect the unexpected.”

-          “I think Daytona in July is so unpredictable that you can’t predict a winner. You might say one guy is fast…but just because you’re the fastest at Daytona in July doesn’t mean you win the race. If I had to pick somebody, I’d pick Matt Kenseth. I think those guys are about to get back on top of their game, and he needs to win.”

 

TNT’s Upcoming 2014 NASCAR Summer Series Schedule:

(All Times Eastern)

Saturday, July 5  
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
7:30 – 11 p.m. Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola (Daytona International Speedway – Daytona, Fla.)
   
Sunday, July 13  
Noon – 1 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
1 – 4:30 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire

(New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, N.H.)

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TNT’s 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coverage Continues with Toyota/SaveMart 350 on Sunday, June 22, at 3 p.m. ET

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Pre-Race Coverage Includes Behind-the-Scenes Access with Marcos Ambrose

Turner Sports continues its 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series coverage with the Toyota/SaveMart 350 from Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 22, at 3 p.m. ET.  TNT’s NASCAR Summer Series coverage will begin with the pre-race Countdown to Green served by Sonic at 2 p.m. Adam Alexander will call the race and host the studio show alongside analysts Kyle Petty, Wally Dallenbach and Larry McReynolds. In addition, veteran reporters Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum and Chris Neville will patrol pit road.

TNT’s Countdown to Green served by Sonic will feature all-access coverage of Marcos Ambrose leading up to Sonoma, along with an interview with Kevin Harvick. Additionally, the Toyota Camry Test Car — a new addition to this year’s race coverage — will continue to bring fans closer to the action on race day. Dallenbach will take the car on the track to highlight elements of the road course, while McReynolds will put his crew chief hat on for a pre-race segment.

Throughout the NASCAR Summer Series, TNT will celebrate Turner Sports’ top moments from 32 years of NASCAR coverage with a special thematic feature each week during Countdown to Green served by Sonic.

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What to Look For: Ralph Sheheen

For this week’s Toyota/SaveMart 350, TNT NASCAR veteran reporter Ralph Sheheen offers his opinion on “What to Look For…” during the race:

-          “What I love about Sonoma is that it’s a very aggressive race. It has become a very physical race behind the wheel, with drivers leaning on each other quite a bit, bumping and banging, with a lot of torn up sheet metal and hurt feelings at the end of the day. So as a race fan, that is something I love. I know the drivers really look forward to it. That’s what has become the image of what to expect at Sonoma each and every year…and boy they haven’t let us down lately.”

-          “Because of the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, where you really have to win to get in, there are some drivers who are going to see this as a golden opportunity to get themselves in the door…guys who feel like they are really good road course racers. There are some drivers who maybe feel like they’ve been denied the last couple of years and have missed out on that opportunity to win, such as No. 9 Marcos Ambrose. This is an opportunity for those drivers to really get up on the wheel and get the job done and maybe get themselves in the chase.”

-          “I think this year’s race is going to be even more aggressive than it has in years past. My prediction is, who do you think is the hungriest? That is the guy who is probably going to be the most aggressive.”

 

TNT’s Upcoming 2014 NASCAR Summer Series Schedule:

(All Times Eastern)

Sunday, June 22  
2 – 3 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
3 – 6:30 p.m. Toyota/SaveMart 350 (Sonoma Raceway – Sonoma, Calif.)
 
Saturday, June 28  
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
7:30 – 11 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Kentucky presented by KFC (Kentucky Speedway – Sparta, Ky.)
 
Saturday, July 5  
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
7:30 – 11 p.m. Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola (Daytona International Speedway – Daytona, Fla.)
   
Sunday, July 13  
Noon – 1 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
1 – 4:30 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire

(New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, N.H.)

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Notes from TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series – Sunday, June 8, 2014

nascar-on-tntNotes from TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series - Sunday, June 8, 2014

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Pocono presented by the Dodge Charger

TNT will continue its NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series coverage on Sunday, June 15, at 1 p.m. ET with the Quicken Loans 400 from the Michigan International Speedway. TNT’s Countdown to Green served by Sonic will precede race coverage at Noon.

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Countdown to Green served by Sonic
Adam Alexander (host), Kyle Petty (analyst), Wally Dallenbach (analyst) and Larry McReynolds (analyst)

TNT Reporter Ralph Sheheen interviews No. 48 Jimmie Johnson on his approach leading to the Chase:  “You have to be aggressive. This garage area is so competitive that what is working now there is no guarantee that it will work in August. You ideally hope you peak when the Chase starts but we all have to keep working hard and see where we end up.”

Sheheen interviews No. 11. Denny Hamlin on his success at Pocono: “Since the repave, we haven’t been quiet as strong but we still had some pretty solid runs. Obviously we haven’t gotten a pole since 2006, when we won the race. Hopefully this is a good sign that things are heading in the right direction for us.”

Dallenbach on Jeff Gordon: “I think the win in Kansas and some of the runs he’s had is refreshing for him.  A lot of people are saying he’s going to retire because of his back. He’s having as much fun now as he had for a long time. He gets around this place pretty good.”

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TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing — Nascar Sprint Cup Series from Pocono presented by the Dodge Charger

Adam Alexander (host), Wally Dallenbach (analyst), Kyle Petty (analyst), pit reporters Chris Neville, Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum
Petty on the strategy to attack the track at Pocono: “It is incredible smooth. The last time I was here you had the rough surface. It is a very technical race track and you have to hit your marks and, from a driver’s point of view, that’s all you can do – hit your marks and do the best you can. Pit strategy will play out.”

Dallenbach on the advantage to win at Pocono: “Pocono is a horsepower race track. I think you need a lot of engine here. The Hendrick Motorsports have an edge over everyone else. I think when it comes down to the end of the race, the horsepower is going to shine.”

Petty on Pocono on the fifth lap: “Track position is so important here. It is really hard to make ground early in a race. This is not a Charlotte or a Texas, a place where you visually see someone making massive progress. Pick them off one at a time, run your lap times and get position to pass them…that’s more important at this point in the race.”

Petty on Kasey Kahne and his car not being where he wants it to be: “I felt bad for him the other day. During an interview he did during qualifying, he seemed lost. They’ve struggled and they have been lost finding speed. As they go through this race, he’s at least been able to maintain and climb to the front.”

Petty on No. 48 Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports: “You have got to be impressed with Chad and what those guys have done on Pit Road with 48. That’s why they are a championship team.”

Petty on hitting walls at high speeds after the Kasey Kahne crash: “The first hit knocks the breath out of you. The second hit is the one that hurts…the most.”

Petty on the surprises at Pocono: “This race had a little bit of everything. Pretty good racing on the race track, six or seven strategies on pit road. No one knew what it was going to shake out to be.”

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TNT NASCAR Summer Series – Post-race Remarks

TNT reporter Marty Snider interviewed No. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr, winner of Nascar Sprint Cup Series from Pocono  presented by the Dodge Charger:

Earnhardt on not letting Brad Keselowski get close to blow debris off his grill in the final five laps: “He knew I wasn’t going to do that. I was trying to win a race. We had temperature on our car too. Brad had a better car, I’m owning up to that, but we won the race. It goes in the books and helps us towards the Chase.”

Earnhardt on winning for the first time at Pocono: “I’ve never won here. I’ve never been here (Victory Lane). I can mark this one off.”

TNT reporter Chris Neville interviews No. 22 Brad Kewlowski on his team hitting their stride:

“We are hitting the summer stretch with a lot of momentum. I’m really proud of team. I wish I could have executed better and get the win. Dale and I were pretty equal but he just made the right move at the end.”

TNT reporter Ralph Sheheen interviews Jimmie Johnson on fighting through adversity on the track at Pocono:

“We started deep in the field and then got ourselves up towards the front. We made contact. I don’t know who it is on the 51 car but God was looking out for him today. My car pivoted around him and didn’t hit anyone. I was scared to death I was going to hurt someone. I couldn’t get it done with my Cobalt car but I’m so stoked for my teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr., to be in Victory Lane.”

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Notes from TNT’s NBA Playoffs Coverage – Saturday, May 31, 2014

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TNT NBA Tip-off presented by AutoTrader.com

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal

Smith on Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich: “Popovich trusts his players. That’s what Games 6 comes down to…a belief and a trust. You have to go back to what got you there. If you do that, then you can move on to the NBA Finals.”

Barkley on the Spurs system under Coach Popovich: “When you play for the Spurs, you just have to do your job. You have a role.Pop’s system can make you successful, because all you have to do is play good basketball. Popovich is the best coach in the NBA because he defines [his players] roles.”

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San Antonio Spurs (112) at Oklahoma City Thunder (107) in OT – San Antonio wins the series 4-2
Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr and Reggie Miller (analysts) with David Aldridge (reporter)

Kerr on the improved free throw shooting of Spurs veteran Tim Duncan: “There was a time in his career, seven or eight years ago, where teams were hacking him on purpose. He was shooting in the 50 percent range, but he’s worked hard at his free-throws and has overcome some mental demons that bother a lot of players in the league.”

Kerr on the fatigue of Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook in Game 5 after playing so many minutes in the series: “I think it affected him in Game 5, especially defensively. These are hard minutes when you think about what he has to do for his team. He had terrific numbers, but defensively in Game 5 he did not have the edge he had in Games 3 and 4. I thought that was directly related to fatigue.”

Kerr on Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard’s ability to score: “They need that from him, particularly in this series. He doesn’t always have to be the scorer, but on the road, against Oklahoma City, they have struggled to score. He’s one of the few Spurs that can get his own shot.”

Miller on the aggressiveness of Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook: “Westbrook has one thing on his mind when he gets the ball in the middle…attack the rim. He puts so much pressure on your defense. He takes a knock from a lot of people in the media for being too selfish, those who say point guards need to distribute more, but I’ve always loved his mindset in games. He’s such a tough cover.”

Miller on Spurs guard Danny Green’s shooting struggles on the road: “It’s amazing. It’s like he’s unconscious in the state of Texas, but as soon as he crosses state lines he loses his game.”

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Sprint Halftime Report
Johnson, Barkley, Smith, O’Neal

Smith on the speed and athleticism of Oklahoma City: “Size does not bother San Antonio…speed and athleticism do. That is the advantage for Oklahoma City.”

O’Neal on the mindset of Thunder forward Kevin Durant: “He’s playing very focused, but the other players need to step up. He’s running the court, shooting the ball well and saying to himself, ‘You know what? I’m not going to let my team down. We’re not going home tonight…we’re going to Game 7.’”

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Kerr on the Spurs sitting Tony Parker in the second half due to his ankle: “I think this has everything to do with Game 7. Gregg Popovich does not want to spend too much energy here in Game 6. Obviously, they’re going to try to win here, but not at the expense of wearing out Parker, Duncan and Ginobili, his older three. That being said, they have figured out a way to win with a lot of different combinations, and that has paid off in the playoffs.”

Miller on the Spurs without point guard Tony Parker in the second half: “I think the Spurs expect to win with Tony Parker out. During the regular season they had 30 different lineups and Popovich rested a lot of guys…they still ended up having the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs. They should be able to win without him.”

Kerr on Spurs point guard Cory Joseph replacing an injured Tony Parker: “Joseph is going to be my early nominee for unsung hero because of the way he carries himself, his toughness and the way he plays. Joseph is going to play a big role here.”

Miller on the reliability of Spurs guard Manu Ginobili: “What better guy to have when you’re coach Popovich and arguably your best player goes down than Ginobili?”

Kerr on Kevin Durant’s lack of physical strength: “The one flaw in Durant’s game is his lack of physical strength to be able to take advantage of smaller defenders like [Spurs guards] Danny Green or Manu Ginobili. It’s the one thing that keeps him from taking over in a game like this one.”

Kerr on Kawhi Leonard’s importance to the Spurs: “Without that trade for Leonard, I don’t think there’s any way the Spurs would have been an elite team these past few years.”

Kerr on the pressure of an elimination game: “You can recognize the emotion involved in an elimination game, and the pressure. It’s very easy as a player to get away from what you need to do. Sometimes you try to do the spectacular instead of the basic.”

Kerr on which Thunder player he would trust to close out Game 6: “I think Westbrook is the guy to go to. You get him the ball and let him go to work.”

Miller on Spurs power forward Tim Duncan: “Want to know why Duncan’s the best power forward in the game? Not only does he have the fundamentals down low, but he has the skill-set to offset your best player.”
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Inside the NBA presented by Kia
Johnson, Barkley, Smith, O’Neal

Barkley on who he thinks will win the 2014 NBA Finals: “It’s been amazing what the Spurs have accomplished. I didn’t think they could come back from last year’s Finals from a mental and physical standpoint. I think Miami is going to win the championship again. No disrespect to the Spurs. They have the best point guard, coach and fans in the NBA, but I just think Miami is going to win.”

O’Neal on the Thunder’s need to execute plays rather than relying on talent: “You can’t win a championship on talent alone. When the Spurs were going for the win [in Game 6], Pop called the play and they executed. I don’t see OKC running a lot of plays when it comes down to crunch time. They just come down the court and either Westbrook or Durant shoots. Every now and then that will work but, in order to win a championship, Westbrook has to pull back, get others involved and execute the play. The San Antonio Spurs execute to perfection.”

Barkley on Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook: “We criticize Westbrook a lot. He takes bad shots, but he’s a soldier. He can play with [me] any day. That guy is scary talented.”

Smith on what Thunder head coach Scott Brooks needs to change to reach the next level: “I think he can be harder on those guys. He can ask more from Westbrook and demand more out of Durant. They have to be more disciplined. He has to demand more, which might get under their skin in the regular season, but it will help them get to an NBA Finals.”

Barkley on the Thunder bench: “The Thunder are in great shape. They have Westbrook, Durant and [Thunder center Serge] Ibaka…but they have to get better on the bench. Their bench is awful.”

Smith on the shooting of the Thunder and Spurs in Game 6: “Oklahoma City got the shot, but San Antonio got the shot they wanted…totally different.”

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TNT’s Exclusive Coverage of 2014 NBA Western Conference Finals

Averages 6.8 Million Total Viewers, Up 39% Over 2013

Western Conference Finals Propel Network to Top Cable Audience Each Game Night

TNT’s exclusive coverage of the 2014 NBA Western Conference Finals – the San Antonio Spurs defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in six games – averaged 6.8 million total viewers and a 4.2 U.S. HH rating, increases of 39% and 35% when compared with last year’s Western Conference Finals between the Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies (4.9 million total viewers; 3.1 U.S. HH rating).  TNT registered the top audience across all of cable television each game night throughout the six-game series, despite four lopsided outcomes.

This year’s NBA Western Conference Finals on TNT generated the top two sports programs of the day across all of television five times throughout the series – each game telecast and the Sports Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA studio show. Additionally, TNT’s Western Conference Finals coverage netted significant increases across all key male demos with Men 18-34 and Men 18-49 both up 33% and Men 25-54 tallying increases of 30% over last year.

The network’s coverage of the Western Conference Finals Game 6 (Saturday, May 31) – San Antonio’s 112-107 overtime victory over Oklahoma City to close out the series – averaged 8.1 million total viewers and a 4.9 U.S. HH rating to deliver the top sports program of the day across all of television (cable and broadcast).  TNT’s Game 6 telecast is up 66% and 58% compared with last year’s Western Conference Finals.

The Western Conference Finals Game 6 between the Spurs/Thunder peaked with 12.1 million total viewers and a 4.9 U.S. HH rating from 11:15-11:30 p.m. ET.  The game telecast is up 21% among total viewers and 17% in U.S. HH rating over the average for this year’s six-game series.  Locally, the telecast registered a 29.3 HH rating in San Antonio and a 25.2 HH rating in Oklahoma City.

Following Game 6, TNT’s Inside the NBA delivered a 2.7 overnight rating from 11:45 p.m.-12:15 a.m. to net the second highest-rated sports program of the day (trailing only the game itself) across all of television.

Additional highlights for each Western Conference Finals telecast:

  • WCF Game 1 (Monday, May 19) – The game, won by the Spurs 122-105, averaged 6.4 million total viewers and a 4.0 U.S. HH rating, up 31% and 29% over the Western Conference Finals in 2013.  The telecast – the highest rated and most viewed sports program of the day – peaked with 7.5 million total viewers and a 3.1 U.S. HH rating from 11-11:15 p.m.
  • WCF Game 2 (Wednesday, May 21) – The second game of the series – despite a lopsided 112-77 Spurs victory – averaged 6,038,000 total viewers and a 3.7 U.S. HH rating, increases of 23% and 19% over last year’s series.  This year’s telecast – the highest-rated and most-viewed sports program of the day – peaked with a 4.2 U.S. HH rating and 6.4 million total viewers from 10-10:15 p.m.
  • WCF Game 3 (Sunday, May 25) – TNT’s telecast averaged 6,679,000 total viewers and a 3.9 U.S. HH rating for the Thunder’s 106-97 win, up 36% and 26% over the 2013 Western Conference Finals.  The telecast peaked with a 4.8 U.S. HH rating and 8.3 million total viewers from 10:30-10:45 p.m.
  • WCF Game 4 (Tuesday, May 27) – Won by the Thunder 105-92, the game telecast averaged a 4.2 U.S. HH rating and 6,420,000 total viewers, increases of 35% and 31% over the previous year’s series.  The telecast – the highest rated and most viewed sports program of the day – peaked with a 4.8 U.S. HH rating and 7.5 million total viewers from 11-11:15 p.m.
  • WCF Game 5 (Thursday, May 29) – TNT’s game telecast – won decisively by the Spurs 117-89 – averaged 6,942,000 total viewers and a 4.3 U.S. HH rating, up 42% and 39% compared with last year’s Western Conference Finals.  The Game 5 telecast – the highest-rated and most-viewed sports program of the day – peaked with a 5.1 U.S. HH rating and 8.3 million total viewers from 10:45-11 p.m.

Source: Nielsen Media Research, Live + SD data stream for the dates of the 2014 NBA Playoffs (04-30-2014 – 05-31-2014) compared to historical dates of the NBA Playoffs on TNT.  Competitive ranking compared on nights of the NBA Playoffs compared to ad-supported cable of the Western Conference Finals dates (05-19-2014 – 05-31-2014).

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Notes from TNT’s NBA Playoffs Coverage – Thursday, May 29, 2014

nba-on-tntNotes from TNT’s NBA Playoffs Coverage – Thursday, May 29, 2014

TNT’s NBA Playoffs coverage continues Saturday, May 31, with the exclusive presentation of the

San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder, Western Conference Finals Game 6, at 8 p.m. ET

 

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TNT NBA Tip-off presented by AutoTrader.com

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller and Shaquille O’Neal

Barkley on OKC point guard Russell Westbrook: “No one can guard Russell Westbrook. That guy is scary.”

Miller on the antics of Indiana’s Lance Stephenson in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals: “I never would have done that to Michael Jordan who was the best player in the game. You never want to tug on Superman’s cape…he’s the best player on the planet, but I respect what he was trying to do by trying to get under the skin of LeBron. Will it work? Probably not.”

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Oklahoma City Thunder (89) at San Antonio Spurs (117) – San Antonio leads the series 3-2
Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr and Reggie Miller (analysts) with David Aldridge (reporter)

 

Kerr on San Antonio’s small margin of error: “The Spurs margin of error is small because of the athletic advantage Oklahoma City has…the line between frenzied [play] and fast is very small.”

Kerr on the Thunder: “When they don’t make mistakes and keep attacking, they are almost unbeatable.”

Miller on OKC center Steven Adams: “You could make a case for him to be a starter on [the Thunder] and he is learning under a veteran in Kendrick Perkins.”

Kerr on Russell Westbrook: “When he’s engaged, he’s an outstanding defender.”

Miller on the Spurs: “The Spurs aren’t going to win this series unless Tony Parker wakes up.”

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Sprint Halftime Report
Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal

O’Neal on OKC’s Serge Ibaka: “Serge Ibaka is a unique guy. On one possession he can guard Tony Parker and on another possession he can guard Tim Duncan.”

Barkley on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook: “Oklahoma City has two nuclear weapons over there [in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook]…if it’s a close game they can go off at any second.”

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Kerr on San Antonio’s Boris Diaw: “He knows how to attack different players. When he goes against [Kevin] Durant, he goes right to his body and to the rim. When he goes against [Serge] Ibaka, he shoots the fadaway. He knows he can’t go through or over Ibaka.”

Kerr on OKC’s thin bench: “This is an extremely thin bench. [Head coach] Scott Brooks had to go all-in by putting his best offensive weapons on the floor to change this series, but that may hurt him because of fatigue.”
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Inside the NBA presented by Kia
Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal

Barkley on the Thunder/Spurs series: “The level of discrepancy in the way guys are playing at home and on the road is startling.”

O’Neal on making a shot-blocker ineffective: “If you make three or four passes [before shooting], the shot-blocker will be ineffective because you have to over-rotate [on defense].”

Barkley on the Thunder: “Oklahoma City has to figure out how to get their bench to play better.”

Barkley on how to give OKC a more balanced offensive rotation: “He has to separate Reggie Jackson, [Russell] Westbrook and [Kevin] Durant and make one of them play with the second unit. If you look at their second unit on paper, they can’t score.”

O’Neal on Serge Ibaka: “He’s huge on both ends. We all know what he does defensively but, when he gives you the additional 14-16 points, then OKC is really difficult to beat. When he has 3-4 blocks, you can’t beat OKC.”
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TNT Revs Up for Six-Race 2014 NASCAR Summer Series

nascar-on-tntRace Coverage to Feature All-Access Pass and Debut of Toyota Camry Test Car at Pocono

TNT’s presentation of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will feature all-access coverage throughout the six-week NASCAR Summer Series. TNT’s coverage will start Sunday, June 8, at Pocono Raceway at 1 p.m. ET, continuing throughout the summer with behind-the-scenes content featuring a select driver and their team, along with special “off the track” segments and more.

The Toyota Camry Test Car, a new addition for this year’s race coverage, will take viewers inside the car and bring them closer to the action. TNT analysts Kyle Petty and Wally Dallenbach will use the car for pre-race driving segments on the track, taking viewers into the turns and down the straightaways before the green flag drops each week. Additionally, the car will be a resource for analyst Larry McReynolds during the race as the former crew chief will outline key performance features and mechanical challenges during the race.

TNT will once again follow a driver and their team over the course of the entire week as they travel and prepare for the upcoming race, with coverage beginning when the driver leaves the previous track and continuing throughout the network’s next NASCAR Summer Series telecast. Featured drivers will include Kyle Larson (Pocono), Austin Dillon (Michigan) and AJ Allmendinger (Daytona), among others.  The all-access pieces will air during the pre-race Countdown to Green served by Sonic show.

TNT, in its 32nd consecutive year of exclusive NASCAR Summer Series coverage, will feature six consecutive races – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Pocono, Pocono Raceway (June 8); Quicken Loans 400, Michigan International Speedway (June 15); Toyota/SaveMart 350, Sonoma Raceway (June 22); NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Kentucky presented by KFC, Kentucky Speedway (June 28), Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola, Daytona International Speedway (July 5) and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire, New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 13).

Each of the six races feature a diverse blend of tracks – ovals with three turns (Pocono); the first road race of the year (Sonoma); a long track (Michigan) and a short track (New Hampshire) – which have led to unpredictable outcomes.

The network will return its marquee commentator crew with analysts Petty, Dallenbach and McReynolds joining play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander for each race. Alexander will also host the network’s 60-minute Countdown to Green served by Sonic pre-race show with Petty, Dallenbach and McReynolds. In addition, veteran reporters Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum and Chris Neville will patrol pit road to bring viewers comprehensive coverage and access prior to and during each race.

Fans engaging via social platforms during TNT’s NASCAR coverage are encouraged to use @BR_NASCAR.

TNT’s 2014 NASCAR Summer Series Schedule:

(All Times Eastern)

Sunday, June 8      
Noon – 1 p.m. ET Countdown to Green served by Sonic
1 – 4:30 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Pocono

(Pocono Raceway – Long Pond, Pa.)

 
Sunday, June 15  
Noon – 1 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
1 – 4:30 p.m. Quicken Loans 400 (Michigan International Speedway – Brooklyn, Mich.)
 
Sunday, June 22  
2 – 3 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
3 – 6:30 p.m. Toyota/SaveMart 350 (Sonoma Raceway – Sonoma, Calif.)
 
Saturday, June 28  
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
7:30 – 11 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Kentucky presented by KFC (Kentucky Speedway – Sparta, Ky.)
 
Saturday, July 5  
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
7:30 – 11 p.m. Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola (Daytona International Speedway – Daytona, Fla.)
   
Sunday, July 13  
Noon – 1 p.m. Countdown to Green served by Sonic
1 – 4:30 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire

(New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, N.H.)

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